It’s been a while since I made a post. I’m almost done with transferring my drapes into paper patterns. Then it’s off to sewing the samples!
Lately I”ve been interested in painting/drawing and I’m slowly beginning to teach myself the academic methods which I will explain later. For now, I’m prepping myself on the painting side by making neutral greys. It’s tricky making neutral greys but I found a formula for making them that’s pretty accurate! Formulas are better to work from instead of guessing how much black & white colors to use every time. I’m beginning to tube my neutrals. Here’s the formula:
Value 1= 1 part white, 5 part ivory black
Value 2= 1 part white, 2 part ivory black
Value 3= 1 part white, 1 part ivory black
Value 4= 2 part white, 1 part ivory black
Value 5= 4 part white, 1 part ivory black
Value 6= 1 part white, 4 part value 5
Value 7= 1 part white, 2 part value 6
Value 8= 1 part white, 2 part value 7
Value 9= 1 part white, 1 part value 8
For values 1-5, add 1/4 part raw sienna to the mixtures for each value to neutralize the grey.
For values 6-9, add 1/8 part yellow ochre to the mixtures for each value to neutralize the grey.
I tried this out making a value #4 grey and it works! The only tricky part is accurately measuring paint. Still looking for a container for this. Here is a pict of my mixed grey compared with the Munsell chip for reference. A pretty close match. The picture skews the color a little. So try this method out for no guesswork when mixing greys.